Friday, August 11, 2006

From The Cow

"In short, Unitarianism in its classical form became all but extinct by the mid-20th century, with most of those claiming to be Unitarian actually practicing a religion more accurately called 'Emersonianism.'"


Blogger Bill Baar said...

...and have we lost Emerson today?

I fear sometimes he's been replaced with Ted Kennedy.

Blogger PeaceBang said...

well, that's an interesting thought. Maybe you would like to birth this cow, Bill? PLease?

Blogger fausto said...

It was a lot more diverse than just Emersonianism. The Midwestern locus had a lot of OB Frothingham/John Dewey/Corliss Lamont/Adlai Stevenson/Frank Lloyd Wright/Nietzsche/Felix Adlerism that tended to push Emerson into the background, while the Boston locus still hung on to old-fashioned Channing/Hedge Unitarianism in many congregations, even though it was in the process of slipping away.

If that's not constructive bovine midwifery, though, forget I said it.

Blogger PeaceBang said...

Fausto, that is interesting and I know about it, but the paper isn't really about that...the trouble is, I'm MAKING it about that and that's what's messing the whole thing up.

Blogger Bill Baar said...

well, that's an interesting thought. Maybe you would like to birth this cow, Bill? PLease?

I'm watching Prof. Michael S. Hogue at M/L instead.

Blogger Bill Baar said...

Corliss Lamont is exactly the kind of UU who dominated over at Chicago's Third UU in the 60's.

I remember them well.... I dug up a bunch of Lamont links after his nephew's election.

I didn't much care for them then in the 60's as a leftist.

I still don't.

Here, here, and here... if curious.

This intellectual development (and I'd argue failures) within the Unitarian side of UUism's is story we should study, understand, and come to terms with.

The first link, with Max Eastman's 1938 letter to Lamont re Lamont's defense of Stalin's purge trial for Bukarin is really the most interesting link.

Blogger jean said...

I have had the same problem with some M. Div. papers for classes that I hated and didn't want to take in the first place. Blogging did sort of get the juices flowing. I find it helpful just to create a file, give it a name, and save it--that means I have begun.

I also use the outline view in Word a lot. I put in everything I can think of to say, then reorganize as to main points, sub-points, etc.

But WHY are you punishing yourself with a doctoral program????

Blogger dame olympia's page said...

You have articulated exactly how I feel about writing sermons every week this summer.
Thank you.

thanks be to the Holy One that I have two more to go.

Hang in there, pal.

Dame O.


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